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India must consolidate engagement with CELAC (Comment)


August 17th, 2012 - 11:24 am ICT by IANS
On Aug 7, Chile's Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno, on an official visit to India, had a wider agenda than his ministry's brief. He was in Delhi representing the recently formed Community ... Read more...

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Indian business showcase opens in Ghana Monday


July 8th, 2012 - 4:39 pm ICT by IANS
Accra, July 8 (IANS) As Africa grows in strategic and economic importance for India, a three-day exposition showcasing Indian businesses and what they have to offer to this 54-nation ... Read more...

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Pakistan wants full SCO membership


June 6th, 2012 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 6 (IANS) President Asif Ali Zardari would pitch for Pakistan's full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) during the two-day meeting of the regional grouping that starts ... Read more...

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India mulling free trade pacts with African countries


May 15th, 2012 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) India is exploring possibilities of entering into free trade pacts with regional groupings of African countries such as the 19-nation Common Market for Eastern and ... Read more...

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‘Knowledge gap widens gulf between South Asian nations’


March 10th, 2012 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) People in the South Asian region have little knowledge about each other that widens the gulf between them, experts at a regional conference said Saturday. ... Read more...

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PM returns home after India-Russia summit (Lead)


December 17th, 2011 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday returned home from Russia after a highly productive three-day visit during which he clinched critical defence, science and technology, ... Read more...

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Venezuela, Colombia liberalise bilateral trade


November 29th, 2011 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS
Caracas, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) Trade between neighbours Venezuela and Colombia is to be liberalized under an agreement signed here Monday by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and visiting Colombian counterpart Juan ... Read more...

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India assumes chair of Indian Ocean Rim grouping (Lead)


November 15th, 2011 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Nov 15 (IANS) India Tuesday for the first time became chairman of the Indian Ocean Rim countries grouping at its ministerial meeting in this tech hub.External Affairs Minister S.M. ... Read more...

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India pitches for global strategy to fight piracy


November 14th, 2011 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Nov 14 (IANS) India Monday pitched for a collective global strategy and a joint naval task force to fight the scourge of piracy, that could also include other powers ... Read more...

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SAARC to review role of observers, dialogue partners option


November 12th, 2011 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Addu (Maldives), Nov 11 (IANS) With South Asia's economic heft growing and more countries wishing to join SAARC, the eight-nation regional grouping Friday decided to review all matters relating to ... Read more...

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India hopes for free trade in South Asia, upbeat about SAARC


November 9th, 2011 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS
Addu Atoll/New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) A day before the two-day SAARC summit kicks off in this southernmost Maldivian island, India Wednesday hoped for progress on liberalisation of trade ... Read more...

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Pakistan to welcome China-SAARC interactive partnership


November 8th, 2011 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Nov 8 (IANS) Pakistan Tuesday welcomed China's interest in an "interactive partnership" with the South Asian regional grouping and announced support for the forum's greater interaction with extra regional ... Read more...

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SAARC folklore festival starts Friday


September 29th, 2011 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Sep 29 (IANS) Writers, theatre artists and cultural troupes from South Asian nations will gather here for the four-day SAARC folklore and heritage festival that starts in the Taj ... Read more...

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China not to use force in South China sea dispute


June 14th, 2011 - 5:50 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 14 (IANS) China has said it will not resort to use of force to resolve maritime border disputes in the South China Sea, BBC reported.Several Asian nations claim ... Read more...

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India provides soft loans to West African businesses


April 23rd, 2011 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
Dakar (Senegal), April 23 (IANS) India has provided subsidised loans to businesses in West Africa through the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), says a top official of the ... Read more...

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India-Pakistan differences affect SAARC: Maldives


February 25th, 2011 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Ahead of the SAARC summit his country will host later this year, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed Friday said the India-Pakistan differences have affected the potential of the ... Read more...

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Cambodia favours ceasefire with Thailand under ASEAN aegis


February 17th, 2011 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS
Phnom Penh, Feb 17 (IANS) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Thursday said his country will ask Thailand to sign a permanent ceasefire with ASEAN foreign ministers as witnesses or the ASEAN chair ... Read more...

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India lauds SCO’s role in regional security


November 27th, 2010 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) India has reiterated its commitment to the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and lauded the emergence of the intergovernmental military alliance as a dynamic regional grouping. ... Read more...

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Shinde to represent India at SCO summit


November 23rd, 2010 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) India is set to boost its strategic and economic ties with the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) when Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde goes to Dushanbe, ... Read more...

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Krishna heading to SCO summit in Tashkent Thursday


June 9th, 2010 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna goes to Tashkent Thursday on a two-day visit to attend the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit amid speculation that India ... Read more...

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Dialogue only way to solve water disputes: Bangladesh envoy


June 8th, 2010 - 11:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Disputes over the crucial issue of water can only be solved by dialogue, Bangladesh's High Commissioner Tariq Ahmed Kari said here Tuesday. Speaking at a roundtable discussions ... Read more...

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Krishna to go to Tashkent, India may join SCO


June 5th, 2010 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna goes to Tashkent next week to attend the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit amid speculation that India could be inducted ... Read more...

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Bhutan SAARC declaration for working together to tackle climate change


April 30th, 2010 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI
Thimphu (Bhutan) April 30 (ANI): With South Asia prone to the ill-effects of climate change, leaders attending the 16th SAARC Summit, which ended here on Thursday, have decided to tackle the issue ... Read more...

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Bhutanese ‘trick’ makes Manmohan, Gilani neighbours (Thimphu Diary)


April 28th, 2010 - 1:21 pm ICT by IANS
By Sarwar Kashani Thimphu, April 28 (IANS) Political antagonism may have kept Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from meeting more often, but the leaders ... Read more...

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India will contribute to South Asia’s resurgence: Manmohan


April 27th, 2010 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A day before he leaves for the 16th SAARC summit in Bhutan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday called for collective efforts to spur regional integration and ... Read more...

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India calls for ‘future-oriented’ SAARC summit declaration


April 25th, 2010 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS
Thimphu, April 25 (IANS) Ahead of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Bhutan next week, foreign secretaries of the regional grouping's eight member-states met Sunday with India ... Read more...

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Indo-Pak trust deficit looms large over Bhutan SAARC summit


April 21st, 2010 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
By Naveen KapoorNew Delhi, Apr.21 (ANI): Persisting ambiguity over the possibility of an Indo-Pak dialogue taking place on the sidelines of next week's SAARC summit in Bhutan, has once again hijacked ... Read more...

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‘Move from regional grouping to global partnerships’


January 23rd, 2010 - 7:15 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Jan 23 (IANS) A strong pitch for multilateralism was made by speakers from Africa, European Union and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 16th edition of Partnership Summit ... Read more...

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Bangladesh, Bhutan agree on trade, energy, focus on climate change


November 9th, 2009 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Nov 9 (IANS) Bangladesh and Bhutan Monday agreed to step up trade, explore cooperation in energy sector and focus on climate change at the next summit of the South Asian ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan president in Nepal on pilgrimage


October 29th, 2009 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, Oct 29 (IANS) Amid stringent security, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Nepal Thursday on a three-day pilgrimage after his plans were interrupted earlier this year due to an attack ... Read more...

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ASEAN welcomes US engagement with Myanmar


October 25th, 2009 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS
Cha-am (Thailand), Oct 25 (DPA) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sunday welcomed a new US policy of engagement with Myanmar, saying it was the right approach to dealing with ... Read more...

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India grants ‘Market Economy’ status to Vietnam


October 25th, 2009 - 5:30 pm ICT by ANI
By Lokendra SinghCha-Am Hua Hin (Thailand), Oct 25 (ANI): India has granted the 'Market Economy' status to Vietnam, which responded by entering into the Indo-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, which was signed with ... Read more...

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ASEAN for business council with India


October 24th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS
Hua Hin (Thailand), Oct 24 (IANS) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said Saturday that it stood for the early establishment of an ASEAN-India business council to strengthen business networks and ... Read more...

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SCO can play greater role in meltdown recovery: India


October 15th, 2009 - 12:32 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) India Wednesday asked the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) regional grouping to play a more active role in mitigating the current global financial crisis. "The need to revive the ... Read more...

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Pakistani, Indian foreign secretaries to meet on G8 sidelines?


June 23rd, 2009 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 23 (IANS) Will the Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries meet on the sidelines of the G8 summit beginning in Trieste, Italy, Thursday? A media report Tuesday suggested this could be ... Read more...

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